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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

October 29, 2016

The best thing I did in 2016 was to buy CircleV tickets. I was not sure what I was doing as I was going to go by myself.  A week prior to the festival, I went by myself to see Sia’s concert at the United Center in Chicago.  I just realized that I do not like to go to places with people who does not care about the events as much as I do, so I’d rather go alone. The Sia concert was not the perfect scene as most people go in groups, but after a few seconds literally I was aware that I was by myself, I did not need anybody. 

Earlier that day when I arrived at LAX I was starving, so I googled quickly for vegan options near the hotel I had booked in Hollywood (around the block from the festival) and I said ‘OMG, there is a vegan restaurant in each block!”. Was this a sign that I needed to move to Cali? Anyway I set up the Uber app to drop me off at the Veggie Grill.

Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill

Let’s start the day with a real Veggie Burger:

Veggie Grill Burger

Veggie Grill Burger

After that I went for a walk, where I received signs that Cali was the place to be. First, I saw the Farmer’s market:

Hollywood Farmers Market

Hollywood Farmers Market

Hollywood Farmers Market

Hollywood Farmers Market

I wanted to buy it all, however I decided to fly light and I did not bring a suitcase,  just my Matt & Nat backpack. So I bought nothing.

I walked around, took a lot of pictures. I kept seeing more vegan restaurants.  And there it was the famous Trejo’s Cantina, known for having a lot of vegan options.

Danny Trejo Restaurant

Danny Trejo Restaurant

I got some coffee and made my way to the Festival. There was a line around the block. I put myself there, and I saw a lot of people by themselves. I was not the only one without vegan friends who wanted to go to the CircleV.

Circle V

Circle V

Circle V Festival line

Circle V Festival line

Excellent vendor selection.

Circle V Vendors

Circle V Vendors

IANIMAL

IANIMAL

IANIMAL

IANIMAL

The Kat Vond

The Kat Vond

Famous people eat too:

Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal

The speakers were the best selection possible.

Circle V Speakers

Circle V Speakers

Leilani Munter- Keegan Kuhn- JVM

Leilani Munter- Keegan Kuhn- JVM-Cowspiracy-Racing Extinction

20161023_174103John Saleey-Rich Roll-Dotsie Bausch-

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JVM-Nathan Runkle-Gene Bauer- Ingrid Newkirk- Kat Von D

fb_img_1477358686317Sailesh Krishna Rao

Too many points that resonate with me deeply were spoken by these speakers. The most important one was the idea that there was no need to apologize for being an activist, for being kind.

NOBOY SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR BEING KIND

 

I saw March Ching at the event, I am following him and all the work he is doing saving animals from the dog meat market in Asia. I built courage and I approached him, he was so down to earth, he even asked me for a hug! Who could use love more than those who have seen all the horrific animal suffering?

Marc Ching

Marc Ching

 

If you win the lottery of friends, it will be these ones, casually talking here.

Kathy Freston-Dr Neal Barnard-Ingrid Newkirk-Ethan Brown

Kathy Freston-Dr Neal Barnard-Ingrid Newkirk-Ethan Brown- Veganish-Blue Zones- Peta

 

 

Oh Moby, as if you did not do enough sharing your musical talent with the world and filling my soul with songs like ‘Everloving’ or ‘Porcelain’. You need to top it off showing that you are the best animal activist in the world. You give us so much hope working hard for the animals. Yes, I do not know you personally, and I never understood people saying “I love you” to people they do not know, but sorrynotsorry, I DO LOVE YOU!

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Tony Kanal- Moby-Nathan Runkle

The trip was one of the best trips of my life. I felt empowered, optimistic and ready to change the world.

Are you coming next year?

activism, change the world, protein, vegan

Numbers are facts

September 20, 2015

I am a numbers person. Analytical. I believe in data and science. It seems silly to say ‘ I believe’  but there are so many people who don’t believe in it.  They are scare that they will need to change.  So first they deny it.  Instead of hating what you don’t understand, I beg humanity, please research, educate yourself. It will not hurt you! It never ends.

I wish I knew then what I know now. Hopefully I will keep saying this as I continue to grow my knowledge base.

What if I told you that it is ok to change your opinion based on new information?

DON'T HATE WHAT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. JOHN LENNON

DON’T HATE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. JOHN LENNON

So there we go: Numbers.

We start with protein. People do not care about protein, they only care when you say you are vegetarian. We know doctors do not study nutrition.

 

protein sources

protein sources

 

So you care more about animals than people? Do you care about world hunger? Do you care about global warming? Do you care about water drought?

Oh yes I care, therefore I am vegan.

 

So world hunger:

grain world hunger

 

american reduce meat grain to feed the world

american reduce meat grain to feed the world

So water and grain consumption:

1 pound of beef

1 pound of beef

 

1 pound of pork

1 pound of pork

1 pound of chicken

1 pound of chicken

 

1 pound of carrots

1 pound of carrots

 

1 pound of potatoes

1 pound of potatoes

 

and this makes me cry:

animals slaughter 100 years ago

activism, change the world, cruelty free, dream

Awareness time

May 9, 2015
Animal Activism, change the world, earthlings, dream

Change the world!

I have been in dinners with vegetarian people in the past when I was not yet aware of what I was contributing to. I ate meat more than most of you. Remember, I grew up in Argentina, where a steak is an easy fix.

Six years ago, I found out about the horrific conditions of the factory farming, I read about it and still didn’t change. I printed a list that I found online of ten cruel practices going on in this world against animals. I started buying more vegetables, therefore decreased meat intake. But I did not stop there. Two years after I started following Peta in Facebook. I respect people who do not respect this organization; however it was my first step.  So I am thankful. Then I watched Food, Inc and Earthlings and I was done.  No more animal products for me.

But as you can see, it took me time. Therefore I conclude: Who am I to say how long has to take everybody else to make the connection? There are people that never will.

This was a process for me and for so many people. We all have our own timing to make changes in our lives. Before I criticize those who are still blindfolded I think about the time when I was blindfolded. Maybe the difference is that I never make fun of those fighting for a cause or doubt them.  That is a total different subject of conversation.

We torture ourselves with the thought of How can’t you see what is going on? Well, I wasn’t seeing it a decade ago. I did not eat meat on purpose to hurt animals, neither are them. They are not aware.  They are not rejoicing about animal cruelty on every bite they make.

We all have family members, friends that we love so much who we will keep in our lives no matter what they eat.  I can’t love them less. It is like not loving me a decade ago.

Does it hurt me? Does it affect me? Of course it does. I would love to be on the same page.  I struggle in social interactions. I keep my mouth shut many times. I do not judge. I do not feel that my opinion needs to be stated all the time.

I do not drink, I never liked the taste. My dad used to tell me that alcohol was good for me. I tried many times to drink, but one first sip is all I can do. Did I ever think that I should only be friends or relate to no drinking people? No, no and no. I love drinkers, eaters, republicans, democrats, liberals, conservationist, activists, blindfolded, happy, depressed, addicts, catholics, muslims, etc. I love people. They do not owe me anything. They do not owe me any explanation. They do what they want and it is their right, like it was mine before and it is now.